Japanese internment sites will benefit from the release of grant money allocated to fund projects that preserve the history of Japanese Americans in World War II. According to a press release from National Parks Traveler, the National Parks Service announced that it had released $2.8 million in grants to fund 19 restoration, preservation and education projects.
The grants are part of a grant program called Japanese American Confinement Sites grants, which Congress established in 2006. Congress authorized $38 million in funding for the program.
Grants are awarded to projects that are associated with 10 internment camps and 40 other additional confinement sites. In years past, the grants have funded projects like memorial exhibits, visitor centers and monuments.
The grant money released this year could help restore some of the fading sites. Last November, The Cultural Landscape Foundation released a report stating that many Japanese American internment sites were at-risk and in need of restoration. The report alleged that proposals to cut funding from the Japanese American Confinement Site grant program had increased under the Trump administration.
The National Park Service maintains its commitment to preserving the history of internment.
“As America’s storytellers, the National Park Service is committed to preserving the stories of our shared history,” National Park Service Deputy Director P. Daniel Smith said. “These projects help ensure future generations of Americans learn from the struggles and perseverance of Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II.”
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